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Olympus E-20

Olympus updates their bargain-priced Pro SLR with a 5 megapixel sensor and improved electronics

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Reference: Datasheet

Review First Posted: 11/28/2001

Digital Camera Data Sheet:
Olympus Camedia E-20


Model Name:

Olympus Camedia E-20 
Model Number: E-20 
Camera Format: Compact 
Currently Manufactured: No 
Retail Price: $1999.00
Street Price:  
Price Update Date: 2007-02-07
Date Available: 2001-11-15
Remote Control: Yes 
Remote Control Type: Wired 
Tripod Mount:  
Tripod Mount Material:  
Operating System:  
Weight: 40.6 oz (1,150 g)
Weight With Batteries? checked 
Size: 5.1 x 4.1 x 6.3 in.
(129 x 104 x 161 mm)
Warranty in Months:  
Waterproof: No
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 2560x1920, 2048x1536, 1792x1344, 1280x960, 1024x768
Movie Resolution:  
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
CCD Sensor (Megapixels): 4.95
CCD Size (inches): 2/3 inch 
CCD Filter Type: RGBG 
CCD Manufacturer:  
Focal Length Multiplier:  
Movie Audio:  
Quality Levels: 5
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 35 - 140 mm
Zoom Ratio: 4.00x
Digital Zoom:  
Digital Zoom Values:  
Auto Focus: Yes 
Auto Focus Type: Dual AF-Active (IR and Passive TTL) contrast detection 
Auto Focus Assist Light? No 
Auto Focus Min Illum:  
Auto Focus Step:  
Manual Focus: Yes 
Manual Focus Steps:  
Normal Focus Range: 60 cm to Infinity
24.5 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range: 20 - 60 cm
8.2 - 24.5 in
Min Macro Area: 74 x 56 mm
2.9 x 2.2 in
Min Aperture: f/11.0
Max Aperture: f/2.0
Aperture Range Description: f/2.0 (wide) / 2.4 (tele) - f/11 
Aperture Step Size: 0.33
Lens Thread: 62 mm
Lens Thread Type: Lens Threads 
Optical Viewfinder: Yes 
Optical VF Type: Optical SLR 
Optical VF Accuracy: 94%
LCD Viewfinder: Yes 
LCD VF Accuracy: 91%
LCD Size (inches): 1.8
LCD Resolution: 118,000 dots
OLED Screen:  
Max Playback Zoom:  
ISO Settings: 80, 160, 320
ISO Rating Max: 320
Number of White Balance Settings: 9
White Balance Settings: Auto, 3000, 3700, 4000, 4500, 5500, 6500 and 7500 degrees K, One-Touch 
Manual White Balance: Yes 
Longest Shutter Time: 120 
Shortest Shutter Time: 1/1800 
Exp Adj Range: 3.0 EV
Exp Adj Step Size: 0.33 EV
Metering Modes: Digital-ESP multi pattern, Center-Weighted Average, Spot 
Spot Metering: Yes 
Aperture Priority: Yes 
Shutter Priority: Yes 
Full Manual Exposure: Yes 
Self Timer: 12
Internal Flash: Yes 
No of Flash Modes: 4
Flash Modes: Auto, Red-Eye Reducing, Off, Fill-in 
Flash Guide Number (Meters): 13
Flash Range Default ISO (meters): 8.9
Flash Range Description: 0.6 8.9 m (wide), 0.5 - 7.4 m (tele) 
No of Flash "Pops": 2
Ext Flash: Yes 
Ext Flash Connection: FL-40 external flash sync, hot shoe 
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: CompactFlash Type 1, CompactFlash Type 2, SmartMedia 
Other Memory Types: IBM Microdrive up to 1GB 
Memory Included (MB): 32.0
Uncompressed Format: TIFF, RAW 
CCD Raw Format: Yes 
Compressed Format: JPEG 
Movie File Format:  
Video Out: Yes 
Video Mode Switchable: No 
Video Usable as Viewfinder:  
External Connections: Serial, USB 1.1
Other Connection: DC In, FL-40 external flash 
Included Software:  
OS Compatibility:  
Performance Timing
Startup Time: 6.000 seconds
Shutdown Time:  
Play -> Record: 1.200 seconds
Record -> Play (max res): 1.930 seconds
Record -> Play (min res): 1.930 seconds
Shutter Lag (auto focus) WIDE: 0.700 seconds
Shutter Lag (auto focus) TELE:  
Shutter Lag, Man. Focus: 0.490 seconds
Shutter Lag, Prefocus: 0.050 seconds
Cycle Time Uncompressed Format: 0.670 seconds
Cycle Time Max Res: 0.670 seconds
Cycle Time Min Res: 0.670 seconds
Buffer Frames, Max Res: 4
Continuous Mode Rate (Frames/Sec): 2.500
Movie Mode Rate (Frames/Sec):  
Movie Sec @ Max Res:  
Movie Sec @ Min Res:  
Download speed, KB/second: 546.00
Battery Form Factor: AA, CR-V3, LiPo battery w/ optional grip 
Usable Battery Types: Lithium disposable, NiMH / NiCD rechargable, LiPo 
Batteries Included: CR-V3
Battery Charger Included: No 
More Information
Notes & Features: 14 element, 11 group lens is all-glass with one ED (extra-low dispersion) and two aspherical elements. Optical viewfinder is SLR-style TTL, with info display and focus confirmation. LCD viewfinder can be tilted up 90 degrees, down 20 degrees, and brightness can be adjusted. Compatible with 3.3V SmartMedia (4, 8, 16, 32, 64 and 128 MB), CompactFlash Type-I/II up to 1GB, including IBM Microdrive. Uses interlaced scan mode at resolutions above 1792 x 1344 pixels, progressive scan mode on CCD with resolutions of 1792 x 1344 or below. In interlaced scan mode, fastest shutter speed is up to 1/640 second, in progressive scan mode, fastest shutter speed is up to 1/4000 second (in all modes) or 1/18000 second (in manual or shutter priority modes only). Shutter speeds up to 1/640 second use mechanical shutter, speeds up to 1/18000 second use electronic shutter. Shutter speeds 2 - 60 seconds in shutter priority and manual modes only, shutter speeds 60-120 seconds in bulb mode only. Burst mode is 2.5 frames per second up to 3 frames in RAW mode, 4 frames in interlaced scan mode, 7 frames in progressive scan mode. Auto exposure locking possible. Auto exposure bracketing feature takes 3 images at 1/3, 2/3 or 1EV steps. As well as resolutions listed above, also has 640x480 pixel resolution. CCD-RAW mode is proprietary; files can be decoded using bundled Adobe PhotoShop plugin. Complies with USB Mass Storage Class (called USB AutoConnect by Olympus) for driverless connectivity with Windows 2000, Me, MacOS 8.6+. Optional accessories include 0.8x wide, 1.45x and 3x telephoto, macro lenses and battery hand-grip. 
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Manufacturer URL: Mfr. Website

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